Presentation: Joliet: August 27, 2014

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E-RATE: FUNDING YEAR 2015
DO WE APPLY?
Zeller and Associates, LLC
Presentation available at
www.zellerandassociates.com/erate
WHO IS
Zeller and Associates, LLC
• There are two part-time associates
• Retired Illinois educator
• 24 year, 10 month association with West 40
• “Original” retirement: 2003
WHAT IS E-RATE?
• Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent U.S.
government agency, established (1996) and oversees the E-rate program
• Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a not-for-profit,
administers the E-rate program along with three other programs
• Schools and Libraries Program (SL) is the part of USAC with responsibility for
E-rate
WHAT DID E-RATE SUPPORT?
•
Priority 1 (P1): funded first
• Telecommunications Services
• Internet Access
• Telecommunications (leased dark fiber)
•
Priority 2 (P2): funding starts with neediest applicants
• Internal Connections
• Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
“OLD” PRIORITY ONE
“NEW” CATEGORY ONE
Internet
Voice service phased out
20% per year
CATEGORY ONE: GONE FUNDING YEAR 2015
a. Paging
b. Email
c. Web hosting
d. Voice mail
e. Directory assistance
f. Text messaging
g. Custom calling features
h. Direct inward dialing (“DID”)
i. 900/976 call blocking
j. Inside wire maintenance plans
CATEGORY ONE: GOING AWAY: 20%/YEAR
a.
b.
c.
d.
Local and long distance phone
service (often referred to as
“POTS”)
800 service
Satellite telephone
Centrex
e.
Wireless telephone service
(including cellular voice services)
f.
g.
Voice over IP
Circuits dedicated to providing
voice services
CATEGORY ONE: NO 470
a.
it offers bandwidth speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps
upstream for a pre-discount price of $3,600 or less annually, including any
one-time installation and equipment charges, and
b.
the service and price are commercially available.
“OLD” PRIORITY TWO
X
X
X
“NEW” CATEGORY TWO
CATEGORY TWO
• Routers,
• Switches,
• wireless access points,
• internal cabling,
• Racks,
• wireless controller systems,
• firewall services,
• uninterruptable power supply, and
• the software supporting each of
these components
CATEGORY TWO
• caching functionality as an internal connection eligible for support in funding
years 2015 and 2016.
CATEGORY TWO: SUPPORT CAPS, FLOOR
• Pre-discount cap of $150/student over a five year period
• Pre-discount funding floor of $9,200 (less than 62 students)
• Pre-discount cap of $30/student for basic maintenance
CATEGORY TWO: WLAN BASIC MAINTENANCE
• For funding years 2015 and 2016, basic maintenance services and managed
Wi-Fi are eligible for category two support.
E-RATE MODERNIZATION RESOURCES
• USAC SLD Site (Draft Eligible Services List)
• Schools and Libraries Program News Brief Special Edition (8/12/2014)
• E-Rate Central
• Funds for Learning
HOW MUCH OF A DISCOUNT CAN WE GET?
3 WAYS TO DETERMINE FRL COUNT
• Monthly Claims
• CEP (Community Eligibility Provision)
• Survey (e-Rate Central’s Sample)
NEXT STEPS
• Form 470 Session: after October 13th
• Form 471 Session: after Winter Break
INVOICE REVIEW
Zeller and Associates, LLC
• www.zellerandassociates.com/erate
• [email protected]
• V: 847.828.4606
• F: 847.729.5240

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